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a teen reported as kidnapped has been found alive. this dramatic video triggered an amber alert. the family says it was all a misunderstanding. a man sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl near a popular metro station. now police need your help catching the predator. good morning, everyone. welcome to news 4 today. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> and i'm kimberly suiters. it's sunday, may 30, 2010. first a quick check of our weather with martucci. she's in for chuck bell this weeke weekend. today looks great. a litd l warmer, low humidity, but perfect for kicking off the official start of summer. or is it the unofficial start of
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summer? the official unofficial start of summer? i like that. a little haze outside as we look ahead to the washington monument. temperatures outside right around 70 degrees, 69, mostly cloudy skies. we have a warm day on the way. as for the numbers, it's 66 in hagerstown, winchester, and sterling. la plata 64, baltimore 68, so is annapolis. taking a look at the satellite radar loop, yesterday's lonely showers developed by the mountains and over by the beach actually. today firing up the grill, 88 degrees, mostly sunny. it's going to be hot for memorial day. i'll share that forecast and the beach forecast when i see you next. >> thank you so much, kim. new today, an amber alert has been cancelled after a 17-year-old who was reported abducted has been found. it turns out she was with her family the entire time. that girl was taken by force from a target in fredericksburg. police found her early this morning in ft. lauderdale,
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florida. surveillance video from that target store parking lot shows the family taking a tine against her will. take a look at the video herement the family was moving to florida and stopped here in virginia. the teen told police she didn't want to move, so family members forced her back into the van while she kicked and screamed. the stafford county sheriff's office is investigating. prosecutors will meet to decide whether to file any charges. police say a sexual predator is on the loose in prince george's county. he attacked a girl near a metro station while it was still daylight. this happened on friday around 6:30 p.m. at the greenbelt metro station. police say a 15-year-old girl had just left the station and was walking through a metro tunnel and a man started talking to her. she kept on walking. he followed her to a foot path that led to asexually assaulted. some metro riders say more security is needed at that metro station. >> i think it's dangerous.
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things keep happening between here and college park. there's a lot of students around, so i think they should be more secure. it's not secure at all. even after the incident, i think something should be done. >> the teenager described her attacker as a hispanic male in his 30s, heavy set with dark curly hair. she says he has a dark reddish complexion and a tattoo of a snake on his left arm. overnight, one person died in a multicar crash in prince george's county. this happened on i-95 atd richie marlboro road near district heights this morning. maryland state police say it started with a minor crash between two cars. they pulled over. one driver walked out to check on the other when the person was hit by oncoming traffic. the crash shut down all lanes of the outer loop northbound for several hours. this morning china says calming the tensions between the koreas is an urgent task. chinese premier wen jiabao made his comments at the end of a
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weekend summit with japan and south korea. tensions are high because south korea has accused the north of sinking a naval ship. 46 sailors were killed. but north korea says it was not involved, and is threatening war if punished. south korea is planning to bring its neighbor to the u.n. security council for possible sanctions, but china has not given its support. beijing has veto power because it is a permanent member of the council. the top kill was a bust. bp is moving on to its next plan for stopping that massive oil leak in the gulf of mexico. the top kill involved pumping mud into the damaged well, but bp says it wasn't enough to stop that gusher. this next plan involves cutting off a piece of the leaking pipe and capping it with a funnel like device. it could take four to seven days. meanwhile, more oil is leaking into the gulf. bp officials admit they have to do better. >> we're putting a lot more of the control, a lot more of the authority, and a lot more of the people much closer to where the
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action is. >> the only surefire solution is to drill a relief well, but that could take until august. bp's chief operating officer has been getting death threats as well. metro riders are in for another day of delays on the orange line. there is no service between the east falls church and west falls church stations today or tomorrow. the disruption in service is related to the dulles metro rail project. if you drive along 66, you can see it. metro will be running free shuttle buses between those two stations, but you should add 30 to 40 minutes to your trip. the disruption on the orange line will continue for the next two weekend after this one. five minutes now after the hour. we turn to kim martucci again. kim, what do you have coming up? >> i've got the boat and beach weather forecast straight ahead and how we're looking right through memorial day and into next week. it is 6:06. a comfortable 70 degrees. we'll be right back.
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if you're planning to spend the holiday weekend on the water, be aware of a new life jacket law in maryland. state officials will be out reminding boaters that children under 13 years old are now required to wear a life jacket when they are on a boat under 21 feet in length.
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governor martin o'malley signed the law back in april. there will also be patrols targeting drunk and reckless boaters. >> got to think safety first. kim, once you get out of the way, it will be a nice day to get out on the water. >> yes. good day for some grilling too. any way you slice it, i don't see too many problems anticipated unless you don't like heat and humidity, but i think this time of year people are finally looking forward to that. >> okay. it is so great to have you with us today. this morning we have a little haze in the air, but otherwise i'm looking at a pretty decent warming trend for the memorial day weekend. let's take a look at what the thermometer is doing. it's going to be on the rise. watching these temperatures today, we'll go into the upper 80s this afternoon for the forecasted high. and your forecasted high temperature tomorrow, memorial day, 92 degrees. so some heat will be on the increase. at this hour, reagan national, we're at 69 degrees. we have mostly cloudy skies. and we're looking at winds to
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continue out of the south around 5 miles an hour. humidity is at 84%. some other numbers coming in from our neighbors up to the north. frederick at 64. 68 by the bay at annapolis. leonard town at 71. off to the west, culpepper, you're down to 57, sterling 66. that is the number near stevens city and winchester. as you make your plans today, we're looking at a good deal of sunshine and a quick rise to 83 by noon, 88 at 3:00. guys will probably be partly cloudy around 6:00, 87 degrees. if you're headed to ocean city, here's inju here's your beach forecast today. 85. water temperatures 65. while we be in the 90s today, ocean city will be in the 80s. so a great beach day. let's take a look at the jet stream trying to bring in warm and humid gulf of mexico air. that's what's here today and tomorrow. we finally got rid of that
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nuisance front that focused a lot of showers the last couple of days. watch futurecast, and you'll see that some showers might try to fire late today across south western virginia, southern virginia, south of richmond. around here, we'll be staying dry. we'll be in the warm sector as we head into memorial day. and the models try to sneak moisture up the appalachian chain and a few isolated storms could develop tomorrow afternoon off to the west. they have a chance of propagating east into northern virginia near the beltway. it would be a late day thunderstorm and certainly not a washout. so don't cancel any outdoor plans for your memorial day. let's talk about today's weather, and we'll put it all in writing for you. we're looking at a mostly sunny afternoon. warmer and humid. highs between 86 and 89. our winds out of the southwest at 5. coming on up this evening, partly cloudy, warm and humid. evening temperatures between 78 and 84. and your extended weather forecast shows that we have that slight chance for a shower or thunderstorm off to the west tomorrow.
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building on highs of 92. then on tuesday, that's when we have the best chance for getting wet. 60% chance, 87 on tuesday. into next week, thursday looks good. late towards the evening. we had rain and thunderstorms. that will continue into friday. and then after that storm system, we'll be cooler into next week, and saturday's highs will be back in the 70s. >> i thought it was supposed to be april showers. not may and june showers. >> we actually have to catch up on a little bit of a rainfall deficit. if we could get it every couple of days, it's not a bad thing. >> it won't happen today. we appreciate that. thanks, kim. the lakers make it to the nba finals and history in florida. >> here's dan hellie with your sports minute. >> good morning, everybody. your "sports minute" starts with the nationals who fall to the padres 4-2. bottom of the fourth, nick takes the hanging curve and crushes it. padres on top early 3-0. only good thing about that home run, probably the boy who caught
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the ball. sports history for halladay down in florida. halladay battles the marlins, strikes out 11, doesn't give up a run, hit, or walk. that's called a perfect game, folks. halladay tosses the second perfect game of the season and just the 20th in baseball history as the phillies beat the marlins 1-0. the lakers head to the nba finals. they will be playing boston. after beating the phoenix suns in game six of the western conference finals 111-103. grant hill hanging all over kobe. you just can't make a shot like this, but kobe does. he goes for 37. the lakers win it 111-103. d.c. united winners at home on a penalty kick by kerry ta y tally. gets it past the substitute goalie. d.c. united takes it 3-2. blackhawks win game one of the stanley cup. nice goal here by tomas kopecky.
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that is your sports minute. everybody have a great day. next up is "reporter's notebook," a look at stories affecting your community. >> we'll be back in 15 minutes with the morning's top stories and your sunday forecast. for now, here's pat lawson muse. welcome to reporter's notebook. we begin with a budget tug of war. the d.c. council voted on wednesday to approve the city's $5.3 billion spending plan for fiscal 2011, approving changes to the proposal by mayor adrian fenty but not without a battle. between mayor adrian fenty and the d.c. council over cuts in financial aid for the city, the battle has been harsh, prompting demonstrations on the council. the goal is to close a $550 million budget gap. the council cut many social services, but the council backed off on some cuts, fearing too many cuts and any tax increase ins this political year could be risky.
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joining us to talk about these issues, bill meyers, jerry philips, and jim allen. what we're hearing is that the situation's gotten so bad that we're looking at a potential control board takeover again down the road. is it really that bad, bill? >> that's the specter that's been raised. the real problem is this. in order to balance the budget, the city's cash rating is cash reserves and debt reserves. since the control board has always been sack resank, and that tends to make wall street skittish. at the same time, nobody is willing to say we'll cut back on this service. at the same time -- then on the other hand, they're also not willing to say, therefore, we'll raise taxes here. so you have almost the perfect storm that nobody has any money and nobody's willing to do anything either to save it or to raise it, and i don't know how it gets much better from a
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pro-chaos point of view. >> the two leaders are between the devil and the deep blue sea. we have adrian fenty, incumbent, and vince gray running for mayor, or running for his seat. and the word tax is not a nice word to sing right now to the public, especially in d.c. remember last week we went over this thing about new fees, fees on soda, fees on taxes, fees on this, that, and the other. the council kind of backed down from that. now we're finding that the council is going to have to go along with raising some fees. now they're talking about more taxes. >> it will be interesting because mayor fenty ran in 2006 on the campaign of not raising income taxes or sales taxes, which is probably a bad promise to make in light of the economic downturn that ensued. but we do see that there have been some turnarounds on social service issues, disability, they've restored that, foster care.
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the adult job training program the mayor wanted to cut. vince gray and the city council have put that back in. i don't know anything about the streetcar. >> we're getting to that next. >> part of the problem, if i can jump in, jim, we've talked about this on the show before that the political leadership of this city and indeed of the suburbs sort of came of age, if you like, in the immediate post-control board era. i doint want to be too glib about it, but governing the city was really easy. governing the city isn't too hard to begin with because you have congress vetoing everything, keeping a lid on everything. but the political class we're dealing with, not just in the elected leadership but in the bureaucracy, they're not used to days when you didn't have money to burn, where it wasn't a casino where everybody won, or nobody lost. so you're looking at the results of that, of a political class that's not used to belt tightening in any sense, unwilling to tick off any constituents. >> but in addition to that, let's go back to anthony williams' days when he talked about we need a middle class
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base. the revenue issue in the district of columbia has been bad for, what, the last five years at least. longer than that. but really you can pinpoint five years. and then you have to look at the waste. a lot of people out in the communities who are paying these taxes, they're seeing waste. for instance, you're going to talk about the streetcars. the lanes on pennsylvania avenue, you have to redo the lanes. that costs money. >> on the other hand, jerry, part of the problem is any time you talk about cutting waste and cutting back on government expenditures, you talk about cutting people's jobs. you've seen the backlash. one of the reasons adrian fenty is so unpopular with people in the african-american community is he's cutting jobs of people who live east in the river in the schools and other agencies. >> you have to remember, when former mayor williams came into the office, he was the chief financial officer for the city, and he came in at a time when everybody was looking at his ability to cut and cut back that middle class bloat in the government, and he was
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successful at that. so i'm not so sure the current crop here's the point. he replaced the young ones who were heir apparent to be mayor because of that. >> because of the stabilization he had, it enabled a new class of people to come in. most of the people on that council were elected in '06 or just around the post-williams era, where everything was fine financially. now they find theflts having to make really tough decisions, and they're choking at the bit. >> this is how the mayor's race is shaping up, the gold guard versus the new guard and the old way versus the new way. you mentioned streetcars. there's been a turnaround on gray's part. he reversed positions on funding the project. gray will make $10 million available immediately to buy the streetcars by 2011, but he initially wanted to scrap it. and there was a lot of protests, i understand. >> and people are beginning to
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wonder why he scrapped it, why he turned around. maybe bill can tell you about this more than i can. >> is it wise, or is it waste, the whole streetcar thing? >> i'm going to tell you, from the streets, the people in the streets who don't live along eighth street and not into this aesthetic attitude. you lay off 200 teachers, but we're going to buy some streetcars. >> on the other hand, the thing to keep your eye on is this. everywhere in this region, the closer you get to viable public transportation, the higher your property values are and the higher the income you can generate. it's not even close. it's something like 40 times better. the inner cities and inner suburbs have property values 40 times the outer suburbs. so putting the streetcars in is a good investment. the streetcars are very popular with tommy wells -- how do we say this? with white d.c. and vince gray, if he's going to make a serious run at d.c., at this mayorship, he's got to win
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support of at least some of white d.c. >> a the love political vision is a little more than between elections. i think you're onto something there, bill. the inner city is disappearing. if you look at that bridge that comes over eighth street, that is more modern urbanization that's coming across that bridge, which speaks well to not a streetcar perhaps today in the industry corridor, five, ten years for now, what the plans are projected for that area, makes perfect sense. and mass transit is always something that's attractive. >> tommy wells campaigned in 2006 on making a livable, walkable community. that's a buzz word. the higher your neighborhood's walk score -- and there's a whole industry that does this. the higher your walk score, the better you can get around without your car, the more value the land is. >> the final word here is 2011 they're talking about buying all of this by 2011. and people are saying, my goodness, we have a lot of other priorities we need to pay
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attention to. >> we've got to take a break, but we'll be right back. stay with us.
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obama supports teachers. the president is pressing congress to approve emergency fund to go keep teachers in the district and in other parts of the country from being fired. of course, the economic downturn has strained local and state budgets. obama feels that we can't afford to lay all these teachers off. the impact on the teachers, on the economies, and on the classrooms would be too great. what do you think about this? >> i think it's very clearly a conflict between rhetoric and constituency in the case of the obama administration. he's promised to raise accountability to have higher standards. the whole purpose of the race to the top is that we no longer condescend to public school systems. we demand that they stand to deliver and all of that rhetorical stuff. the problem is that obama owes at least part of his election
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prospects, or certainly his party owes at least part of their election prospects to the teachers unions. and he cannot stand idly by and watch the ax fall. because the person who talks about accountability and raising standards more than anybody else in the country is michelle rhee, who is absolutely public enemy number one with the teachers union. >> jim, your brow is furrowed. >> the very idea of trying to save 300,000 jobs across the country makes a lot of sense obviously. the 500 jobs in the district, obviously, that's important. but as you say, the politics in the district and the politics between the white house and the unions are just quite different. but i will say the problem with obama's money is the strings that are attached, and the strings mean that you've got to be able to fire teachers. you've got to be able to set standards for schools. and a lot of schools, including virginia, which i suspect we'll get to, are not willing to toe those lines that are put forth by the federal government. >> we're talking about responsibility and
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accountability. this is what obama is talking about. it's true that there are stripgs attached, but whenever you have a package like this, you're going to have accountability, and that's going to happen. >> one of the problems with education is there were no strings attached, and everything was shoved down the hole, or whatever the cheap cliche is. >> this looks to me on the outside like the michelle rhee bailout plan. michelle rhee is the one talking about race to the top and higher standards at the same time she's wielding the ax. the argument is is she cutting meat or fat? you can't have it both ways. either you're firing inefficient or bad teachers or you don't have the money to support them. and that's a big controversy in d.c., something that gary has been saying for a long time. you come into a situation, what criteria determines what's a successful teacher or not after a period of months? >> michelle rhee certainly thinks she has the answer to this. all i can tell you is she's wielding this ax.
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>> back to obama, accountability/responsibility. i'm not so sure there's accountability in the district of columbia when it comes to firing teachers because the one big criticism of michelle rhee is what's the backup plan? >> right. my point with obama was he wants to have higher standards at the same time he doesn't want to sacrifice teachers. >> if he's going to dump the money in american teachers, great. >> when it comes to standards, virginia's governor has said he doesn't want the money that the administration is offering in connection to its race to the top program. this federal education funding program. the governor at first supported the president's support for virginia schools, but he says the state standards of learning are better than the fed's standard. so he is opting out of his opportunity to get virginia a piece of the $4 billion in federal funds being offered. >> looks like sour grapes to me. his state finished 41st, i
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think, in the first round of race for the top, and he walks away and suddenly says, no, we're too good for that after all. you can't have it both ways. i don't know how else to say it. >> i'm not surprised that macdonald would pull out. i look at this as political get. here we're talking about a republican governor who hasn't been on the side of necessarily the white house too all the way. and to be able to pull out of this kind of gives him a little platform there, that i don't have to go along with the democrats on this. i might be totally wrong in my analysis, but that's the way i see it. >> it's your analysis. >> d.c. did better than virginia in this race to the top. >> exactly. >> again, you've got to toe some lines to get this -- what is it, $4 billion or something like that, which is a lot in these times particularly. i'll leave it there. >> slots are coming. governor martin o'malley in maryland visited a building in perriville to announce his support for opening slots in the area and using the building in
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maryland's northwestern corner of the state as the first casino in maryland. republican gubernatorial candidate bob ehrlich, who is a slot supporter, said o'malley made a mess of this whole initiative. what do you think about this? >> gentlemen, startd your engines. the race is about to begin. >> it's been like three years, hasn't it? >> i think o'malley and vince gray should get on the same train and flip-flop, reverse. that's what it is. o'malley, now he's saying -- he's close to election. he's saying, hey, there's a possibility we could make some money in maryland now. it sounds good. and he says, wait a minute. i've been trying to tell you this the whole time, but you've made a mess of it so far. >> if they're both agreeing there's somewhere to go, the guy with the longer track record has to pick on the newcomer to the plan. in this case, o'malley is the
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newcomer to the plan that slots can save maryland. >> you don't have to make a choice between these two men. there were gambling supporters from the beginning saying it's not efficient. it won't save the racetracks. of all the people in this brew ha ha, they're the ones sitting prettiest. >> bill, you got the final word on this. thanks, guys. enjoy your day off tomorrow. that's "reporter's notebook." stay with us. news 4 continues. dramatic video showing what appears to be a kidnapping triggered an amber alert. but the family says it was all a misunderstanding. thousands of people will pay tribute to fallen members of our military on memorial day, where thunder will roll through this weekend. good morning, everyone. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm kimberly suiters
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>> and i'm aaron gilchrist. it is sunday, may 30th, 2010. our headlines just ahead. first a quick check of the forecast. meteorologist kim martucci is in for chuck bell this morning with the sort of weather we like to see for the coming holiday. >> we like it, we love it, we'll get more of it. we'll get it. i used to be a cheerleader once. >> that was very good. >> thank you. 6:29. so great to have you with us. temperatures right around 70 degrees. we'll call it 69 degrees at reagan national airport. some haze in the air and winds out of the southwest at 5 miles an hour. we have a warm day on the way. here's a look at the satellite dar loop. that front that was keeping us company has finally dissipated. we'll make room for sunshine and some heat and humidity. look at the temperatures forecast. frederick, warrenton, both places 89 for the high. 78 down on the beltway. we'll talk about your memorial day forecast when i see you in just a bit, and we'll get you
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out on the bay and tell you how the waves are looking, if there are any this afternoon. >> wasn't it a country western song? >> i don't know. >> i think it is. we'll have to talk about that. >> thanks, kim. new today, an amber alert has been cancelled. the 17-year-old reported as abducted has been found. it turns out she was with her family the entire time. the girl was taken by force from a target in fredericksburg. police found her early this morning in ft. lauderdale, florida. take a look at this surveillance video from the target parking lot. it shows the family taking the teen against her will. you can see why it triggered the amber alert. the family was moving to florida and stopped in virginia. the teen told police she did not want to move, so family members forced her back into the van while she kicked and screamed. the stafford county sheriff's office is investigating still. prosecutors will meet to decide whether any charges should be filed.
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a teenager was assaulted near a metro station in prince george's county, and this morning the man who did it is still on the loose. police hope the victims' description will help lead them to her attacker. news 4's darcy spencer reports. >> reporter: police say a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted about 6:30 friday night along a foot path near the greenbelt metro station. they say the teenager was leaving the station when a man attempted to talk to her, then followed her as she walked from the station toward the foot path lead to go a neighborhood. she uses the path open and found the attack alarming. do you consider it to be dangerous? >> if you're alone, yes. but if you're with a bunch of people because, every time i'm on this path, i do move with people and try not to be by myself. i'm really shocked that at 6:30 it did happen. i'm very worried, being that it happened to somebody that young. >> reporter: the foot path is on
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the back side of the metro station. if you're coming from inside the station, you walk through a tunnel to get there. the path connects to a neighborhood and a community park. there are surveillance cameras inside the tunnel facing both ways, but it's unclear whether the cameras may have picked up the attacker or if he ever entered the station. riders say more security is needed on and around metro property. >> yes, i think that it's dangerous, like things keep happening between -- like i said between here and college park. there's a lot of students around. i think they should be more secure. it's not secure at all. and even after the incident, there's no one here. so i think something should be done. >> reporter: darcy spencer, "news 4 today." >> now, the teenager described her attacker as a hispanic male in his 30s, heavy set with dark curly hair. she says he has a dark reddish complexion and a tattoo of a snake on his left arm. more violence in prince george's county. two people are dead in separate
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shootings. the first happened in suitland around 7:25 last night. police say a man was shot in the 5700 block of oth road. he died at the hospital. police haven't released any information on suspects or a motive. in riverdale, another man was shot to death near a gas station. he was discovered around 9:30 last night in the 6600 block of riverdale road. that man died in the hospital. police have not yet made any arrests. we've learned the name of a contractor killed while cutting grass in southeast washington. police say 29-year-old manuel sanchez was working in the 4600 block of hillside road on friday when he was shot. they're still looking for his killer. this is the second shooting in the same area in a week. last week two contractors were painting when someone opened fire on them. one of the contractors was critically injured, but police do not believe the crimes are related. they do say both shooting victims were targeted for robbery. arizona's new immigration law has been a hotbed of controversy.
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saturday thousands of protesters turned out in phoenix to protest that law. and while it won't take effect until july, washington is pressuring the state to reverse course now. nbc's brian mooar reports. >> reporter: in phoenix, tens of thousands of demonstrators from around the nation united to fight arizona's tough new immigration law. marchers covered several city blocks, hoisting signs and raising fears that hispanics, legal or not, will be targeted. >> it's not fair that people have to live in this state and feel afraid of the police, afraid of their local government. >> this law violates our fundamental principles of human dignity and human rights. >> reporter: among the faces in the crowd, a student living in this country illegally. >> i cannot go back to where i was born. i don't know anything from there. i need to be here. this is my country, and i love it so much. >> reporter: while public opinion polls have showed broad support for the law, these
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gun-toting counter-protesters found themselves in the minority. the march comes a day after the u.s. justice department threatened to sue arizona over the law. >> i told them we need solutions from washington, not more lawsuits. >> reporter: the state's attorney-general insists the law is constitutional and that he'll fight back. >> it's a fight virtually everyone believes will be settle the here in washington. likely at the supreme court. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. happening today, thousands will honor military men and women who have lost their lives defending their country. motorcycles will rumble through district streets. rolling thunder will hold its annual memorial day weekend rally. bikers have already flooded the region to honor american prisoners of war and those missing in action. yesterday they held a rally at the navy memorial. today's rally will leave the pentagon at noon and arrive at the lincoln memorial around
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12:30. virginia congressman randy forbes will lead the ride and speak during a special ceremony at the lincoln memorial. hundreds of people got the chance to sit in on the dress rehearsal for the national memorial day concert last night. ♪ >> the annual event honors american veterans and current members of the u.s. armed forces. this year's concert features actors joe mantegna and gary sinise as well as the national orchestra. it will be broadcast live from the west lawn of the u.s. capitol tonight at 8:00. >> always a great show to watch. >> it was a beautiful shot, wasn't it? it is now 6:37. 70 degrees outside. the oil spill is causing more than a mess on the gulf coast. we'll show you how it's affecting the local seafood industry. plus actor dennis hopper has died. we'll take a closer look at his career.
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the top kill has failed. that's what bp was saying this morning. another live look under water as the oil continues to flow. the company now preparing for another maneuver to stop the oil from gushing into the gulf of mexico. the new plan is to cut the damaged riser. that's the part of the well that is leaking the oil and to cap it with a containment valve. at the same time, there is
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rising concern about the effect that spill will have on the seafood industry, both in the gulf region and here locally. this holiday weekend, merchants and customers alike have concerns about how the oil spill in the gulf will affect the product and the price. news 4's derrick ward has more on that story. >> reporter: there are now more than 54,000 square miles of gulf waters close to fishing thanks to the oil spill. that does leave 77% of the gulf open. >> fresh fish! >> reporter: and local businesses, where they depend on the sea's harvest, no cause for alarm right now. they say that chesapeake bay is okay. >> chesapeake bay has been pretty plentiful. it had a really good harvest. >> reporter: this holiday weekend, crabs and customers were plentiful at the d.c. wharf. one woman was pleasantly surprised at what she says was a war gain on a bush el of crabs. >> i paid for mother's day weekend much lower than i paid. i thought it was going to be high, to be honest with you.
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>> reporter: there are worries about the month ahead where more of the seafood here comes from the gulf area. >> my main concern for crabs will be in the wintertime because that's where i get them from november to the end of march. that's quite a long time. i don't know what i'm going inform do at that time. >> reporter: but if there's one seafood item that says louisiana, gulf of mexico like no other, it's this little bugger here, the crawfish. even here, no big worries as they prefer marshes and inland water ways. for us in this part of the country, they're a seasonal delicacy. there was a dip in the supply of some seafood early in the crisis. >> we had trouble with oysters to begin with. now we've gotten more. >> reporter: there's one food the gulf is known for. >> we're shrimp people and shell fish. right now, doing all right. >> reporter: and the hope is they'll continue to do all right. while these merchants are miles away from the most visible effects of the gulf spill, they're watching the waves. >> pretty much everything out of there, we can get it from
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somewhere else. we like to get it from the best place possible. certain times of year, theirs are better than anywhere else. >> reporter: derrick ward, news 4. >> they all look healthy, fresh, and beautiful for now. >> hope it stays that way as long as it can. 6:43 now. let's take a look at the weather forecast. kim? today is just getting better than yesterday. tomorrow will be down right hotel. we're he we'll be in the 90s for tomorrow. i'll explain the details as we get you out the door for the weekend weather forecast. ♪ [ male announcer ] it's rollback time at walmart. now even on faded glory, which has been completely re-engineered for quality with soft, organic cotton...
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dennis hopper, one of hollywood's most famous bad boys, has died after a battle with prostate cancer. hopper shot to stardom with the 1969 film "easy rider." he both directed and co-starred in it. hopper also had memorable roles in "apocalypse now," "hoosiers," "blue velvet," and "speed." his personal life, however, was plagued with problems. he was married five times. he also struggled with alcohol and drugs. >> alcohol and drugs caused me to hit bottom. i went insane, hearing voices, some classic stuff. >> he was last seen in public in
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march when he received a star on the hollywood walk of fame. dennis hopper was 74 years old. he was a great aktdctor. i remember when my dad showed me easy rider. guys on motorcycles. and now i realize what a classic it was. >> later he played such a good villain. you were afraid of him when you listened to some of the things his characters come up with. he was really good. >> the best artists do seem tortured. so i wouldn't trade places. what a body of work he left behind. switching gears now, 6:47. >> let's talk about the weather. we're going to have a nice couple of days here. yesterday was nice. keep it going for a little bit. >> for some of us, it might be a little hot. on monday. for most of you, it's going to be a great way to kick off, or at least continue through the holiday weekend. do keep in mind, we're going up highs in the 90s tomorrow. so it's going to feel like
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summer. so we have boating, we have grilling, we have the beach, we have so much to get to. so let's get started. i want to start with the boating report and what we have going on out on the bay. winds are going to be shifting to the southwest today between 5 and 10 knots. now, because the water temperature is 69. that's going to keep the air temperature cooler than the rest of us this afternoon. if you're going to be out on the boat, you need the spf. highs today between 78 and 82 degrees. the waves will be around a foot or less. we'll be in good shape out on the bay and not too many thunderstorms in the forecast to pop up on you. out there right now, it's 69 degrees. dewpoint is 64. that's an indication of how moist the air is. right on the high side, 84% relative humidity. southwest winds at 5 miles an hour. a look at temps. 67 in clinton. annapolis is 68. 66 in hagerstown. 57 degrees in culpepper. feels really nice there for the time being.
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as we plan ahead today, mostly sunny skies throughout the noon hour. by then, we'll be well into the 80s. upper 80s forecasted for the high by 3:00. and by 6:00, 87 and partly cloudy skies. okay. so we're doing some grilling. let's think about the memorial day grill. 92. now, we do have a stray thunderstorm possible. 30% chance. that would be mainly starting late in the day farther to the west. think shenandoah valley, think i-81, points west. that's where we could have a couple storms pop up, and they could slide east into the evening hours. we have this warm southwesterly flow aloft. that's going to pump in humidity and heat from the gulf of mexico. you are going to feel it. we're also going to be watching the approach of another system from the north and west late in the day, memorial day. ahead of it, we're going to try to sneak in some moisture, and that's the stuff responsible for a possible storm on monday afternoon. basically, the front is going to be well to the west. this comes through on tuesday.
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that's why your tuesday is definitely the unsettled weather day this week. a couple actually coming our way this week. 86 to 89 today, mostly sunny, warmer, and humid. we'll keep the warm and humid weather around this evening, between 78 and 84 as you are out and about. as we look ahead, here's that extended forecast. we have 92 degrees tomorrow. we're looking at lows tomorrow night to stay in the 70s. so it certainly will feel sticky. tuesday, the front comes through with a bunch of storms and showers. a good 60% chance. we'll get a break again on wednesday, and most of thursday will be dry. late in the day, a thunderstorm or two. friday, here we go again. another round of stormy weather. and then saturday will be cooling off into the 70s for a high. it should feel pretty good next saturday. >> looking nice and summery. >> feeling good out there. >> thank you, kim. steven straussburg does something unexpected, and the nba finals are set. >> here's dan hellie with this morning's sports.
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>> good morning, everybody. we start with baseball. nats put a new pitcher out there last night. j.d. martin starting his first game of the season, didn't do half bad. going six innings, gave up one earned run. martin didn't get much help. the nats only muster five hits geps the padres. you know how they do it in san diego, they bring the san to you. nick huntley takes martin's hanging curve and just crushes it. that's what happens when you pitch a 72 mile an hour curveball right in somebody's wheelhouse. a three-run shot, 3-0, the padres on top. second inning, adam kennedy up the middle. david eckstein can't get to it. adam dunn lumbers home, and the nationals get on the board. fast forward to the fourth. chopper over to third. ryan zimmerman charges it, makes the play. nice tag by dunn here, and another run scores as the nationals lose 4-2 out in san diego. steven straussburg still expected to be called up to the
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bigs in less than two weeks. last night the nationals ace of the future actually proved to be human, giving up his first home run of the season and taking the loss. straussburg, syracuse chiefs taking on the scranton wilkes-barre yankees. this guy says so much for concealing my identity. it's too darn hot. straussburg, not hot last night. rene rivera gets good wood on the 99 mile an hour fastball for the first time in 48 innings this season. straussburg serves up a home run. the outfielders must have been like what's going on here? that's not supposed to happen. fourth inning, straussburg facing eduardo nunez, and the rook showing some hot. how about that for defensive skills? grabs the bouncer, gets the out. a few batters later, straussburg gets chad huffman looking. goes five innings, gives up six hits, three earned runs, and strikes out six. he takes his second loss of the season as syracuse loses 3-2. history for roy halladay down in florida.
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facing hanley ramirez. gets him looking in the seventh. halladay baffled the marlins all night long. he strikes out 11. doesn't give up a run, a hit, or a walk. folks, that's called the perfect game. the final out coming right here. halladay tosses to second. perfect game of the season and just the 20th in baseball history as the phillies beat the marlins 1-0. talking hoops now. suns and lakers in game six of the western conference finals. a win and the lakers are headed to the nba finals against the celtics, just like the good old days. a loss, and we're going to a game seven. let's go to phoenix, not a whole lot of lakers fans in the house for this one. we start in the third quarter. jordan farmar misses this one. no fear. lamar odom gets it here. a cutting to ron artest. a little unorthodox, but it works. lakers up 85-67 in the third. later, steve nash driving and dishing to amare stoudemire. he throws it down. lakers still up by 11. stoudamire played well.
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he had 27. late in the game, grant hill hanging all over kobe. kobe says taste this, g. hill. nothing you can do about that. that's just kobe being kobe. the lakers win it 111-103. they advance to the nba finals, where they will take on the boston celtics. all right. to hockey now. i guess the only solid for caps fans and seeing philadelphia in the stanley cup finals is that it's not pittsburgh. game one for lord stanley's cup in chicago, and one drought is sure to end. the flyers haven't won a cup in 35 years. the blackhawks haven't won a cup in 49 years. in chicago, scott hartnell is going to be starring in the next grizzly adams movie. that is a beard and some hair. late in the third period, game tied at 5. blackhawks keeping in the zone. dave bowlen along the boards for kris versteeg. feeds tomas kopecky. along the line.
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that's the game winner. hawks win 6-5. french open, andy roddick ousted in the fourth round. serena williams fights off the cold and dizzy spells to advance. roddick played on a court he called his least favorite in the world, and it showed. russian tavashvili, ranked 40th in the world. he got the best of roddick. you can check out the end. roddick was out of gas, and now he's out of the open, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. >> williams didn't feel well, but well enough to beat her competitor. she advances 6-1, 1-6, and 6-2, fighting what she says was a cold. d.c. united wins for the second time this season, and they do it on a penalty shot. they got a little boost from a 17-year-old by the name of andy
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nahar. he's going to be a good one. united hosting chivas usa. how about the header in for the goal? that is tasty cakes. ties the game up at 1 apiece. kerry tally with the penalty cook. this is a substitute goalie, dario delgado. he's not really a goalie at all, but he to play because the other one got tossed. d.c. united hangs on to win 3-2. finally back to baseball. one of the strangest endings to a game you will ever see. angels hosting the mariners. based loaded for morales, and he takes care of business. a walkoff grand slam. nothing like the celebration at home plate, right? look closely. morales is on the ground. nobody catches him. he lands awkwardly on his leg. he had to be carried off on a stretcher. he has a broken leg, probably done for the year. angels win 5-1, but they lose one of their best players. that's your morning sports. i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great weekend.
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>> that's a stunner. >> boy, that's tough, yeah. >> oh, my gosh. what a horrible way to end it. >> i've got to get to a soccer game, though. >> you do. >> i've never been to a soccer game. >> oh, my gosh. i'll take you. we'll go. >> d.c. united. all right. there is still more news 4 after the break. and also news , evyone. (announcer) while there are some home disasters you can't avoid,
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good morning. welcome back to news 4 today. i'm aaron gilchrist >> and i'm kimberly suiters. sts sunday, may 30th, 2010. the weather is coming up. first a check of our forecast with kimberly martucci. she's in for chuck bell this morning. >> it's a beautiful morning. good morning, guys. looking beautiful outside. temperatures are comfortable. we don't have any rain drops threatening us, so we are going to be in good shape today. you can see some haze as we check out the scene. warm day's in the works. dewpoint 65. 70 is the temp. southwest wind at 5 miles an hour. here's the satellite radar loop. we are rain free. not too many clouds. so as you fire up the grill this sunday, plan on a high of 88 degrees to help cook the goods. we'll keep it mostly sunny for you. we'll look ahead to your
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memorial day forecast and how the beaches are. when we see you guys in a little while. >> that's a fun graphic. i like that. firing up the grill. >> you're staring at it for too long, weren't you? >> thanks a lot, kim. here's a look now at the stories making headlines this morning. the amber alert triggered by this dramatic surveillance video has been cancelled. the 17-year-old who was reported abducted was found early this morning in ft. lauderdale, florida. it turns out she was with her family the entire time. the girl was taken by force from a target in fredericksburg, virginia. authorities say the family was moving to florida and stopped in virginia. the teen told police she did not want to move. so family members had to force her back into the van while she kicked and screamed. prosecutors will decide whether to file charges. police are searching for the man who attacked a girl near a metro station. he followed the 15-year-old victim as she left the greenbelt station friday evening. police say the man sexually assaulted her on a foot path. the victim described her attacker as a heavy set hispanic
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man in his 30s. he had a dark reddish complexion and a tattoo of a snake on his left arm. have you been hearing the rumble? motorcycles are cruising through district streets today to honor military men and women who have lost their lives defending our country. rolling thunder will hold its annual memorial day weekend rally. the group will leave the pentagon today at noon and arrive at the lincoln memorial around 12:30. virginia congressman j. randy forbes will lead that ride and speak during a special ceremony at the lincoln memorial. those are some of the stories making the news today. next is nbc 4's "viewpoint." >> we're back in a few minutes with an update. good morning. welcome to "viewpoint." there are an estimated 1.8 million u.s. vets of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. they represent a smaller percentage than those who served in previous wars, but they are all vets who are facing serious problems in our struggling economy. tomorrow, of course, is memorial day, and we will be celebrating
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the nation's vets, the vets of all wars. here to talk about our vets and some of their issues and programs to help them are jim roberts, who is president of the american veterans center. it's a national nonprofit that hosts a memorial day parade and events down on the national mall, and amanda ichltd ndiri is an executive director of facets, an organization in fairfax county, a nonprofit that serves mostly veterans. right off the top here, how would both of you say vets are faring in this economy? amanda? >> one of the things they're face sg juing is just being reacclimated into the economy and the community when they come back. they're facing post traumatic stress order and a lot of other problems, and they need a house and a stable economy to feel stable. >> i would agree. it's a tough economy for everybody. jobs are few and far between. that's a problem for returning
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veterans. i do think that compared to veterans of previous war, vietnam in particular, the attitude towards veterans is much more positive than it used to be. they're more welcome when they get home. they're more support organizations for them to work with. also, attitudes toward things like post-traumatic stress syndrome are much more open now than they used to be. that's a recognized problem. the military deals with it openly. active personnel and veterans are not penalized if they have it. in that sense, things are better for them. but the economy is pretty bad. >> you mentioned the attitudes of americans toward vets of these wars versus other wars, like vietnam, when they came home in disgrace and were often vilified and often ignored. does coming home inform a nation
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that embraces you help them make the transition back to civilian life? >> i think it does. the difference is the economy in the '60s was stronger than it is now. and that's the standpoint of, yeah, vet raps had it easier than the veterans today because of the economic situation. but i think the attitude of society is better now toward veterans than it was. >> amanda, tell us about facets and about the veterans that you're helping, primarily in northern virginia? >> yes, facets is a nonprofit organization that's been opening doors for people in need for over 20 years. we work on preventing and ending homelessness. we provide support of housing as well as we work in affordable housing communities. we've seen a huge increase in the amount of veterans that we serve, about 25% of the people in our programs are veterans, and that's up a lot from previous years. we work with them mainly in the supportive housing programs and those that are literally homeless to connect them with
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issues. >> they face a variety of issues, homelessness, po post-traumatic stress. of all the various issues they face, what would you say is the biggest challenge facing them today? >> i think the point we work with veterans, usually it's when they are homeless. one of the biggest challenges they face is finding the supportive housing they need. for us, a lot of the veterans we serve is identifying them as veterans and then getting them kektded to services. one of the biggest challenges is finding appropriate housing for them. i think affordable house sg a huge issue in northern virginia, and then it's specially layered with not having connections to the right services makes it just that much more difficult for our veterans. once they can get connected to the services, we're able to find them housing. that can be a long road for them. >> the department of veterans affairs says we're returning from iraq and afghanistan falling into homelessness
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earlier than those who served in vietnam, for example. is it one of the problems identifying who is a vet and who is just a homeless citizen? >> yes, we -- actually, one of the great things that facets does is we work with people where they are. so a lot of times where they are is that they might not be able to talk about any of their experiences, and there's no pressure. we invite them in. we help them to identify their issues. and through those conversations, through this point of services, then it comes out they're a veteran. then we can connect them with the services that they deserve as a veteran. that might be housing. that might be health care. that might be other benefits. but it takes a while for them to admit that they're veterans. >> we've got to take a break. we'll be right back to talk about veterans and preparations to celebrate them on memorial day.
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we're back talking about memorial day and spoeskly about the nation's veterans. you're a national nonprofit. tell us exactly what you do. >> the mission of the american veterans center is to preserve the legacy of america's veterans from the greatest generation to the latest generation. that's our motto. so we work a lot with young people. we try to get into the schools the values that our military represents, such as courage, valor, sacrifice, service, that sort of thing. we sponsor a national essay contest for high schools. we give a number of scholarships out for colleges. we have a national conference, where we bring in hundreds of high school and college students, including cadets from west point, midshipman from annapolis, students of the coast guard academy, and sforto forth.
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then we have the national memorial day parade coming up on monday. honor our veterans, veterans stories, a lot of oral histories. we sponsor two national radio programs that honor veterans and active duty personnel. our mission -- we're not a service organization. we have a lot of organizations like facets that do great work in that area. we're all about honoring veterans and their legacy and their service. >> can i just segue from that to the topic of military families. the first lady has traveled to military bases all across the country. highlighting the problems of military families, and she said that, as america asks more of these families, they have a right to expect more of us. what kind of an impact do you think the first lady's activism has made? >> i think it's definitely made a difference, absolutely.
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many are deployed thousands of miles away from home in very difficult conditions, but it's a sacrifice for their families. not many people recognize what a spouse at home that's to do to maintain the family, the budget, all the services the spouse would help with were he or she at home. i think it's definitely to mrs. obama's credit she's highlighted the military families and the sacrifices they make. >> what about the impact of repeated deployments? you've got families that are suffering as a result of the iraq war and the afghanistan war, and their family members are being sent back again and again. >> it's more difficult now than it was before because the deployment,more frequent. it's all volunteer service, it's a smaller service, and they deploy more frequently. all of the problems we've had with deployments are more severe now than they were before. >> amanda, the redeployments are particularly hard on veterans who are trying to find jobs, and i was reading about members of
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the reserves and the national guard and how difficult it is for them because they hold jobs and they are serving. when they get deployed, and especially if they're deployed repeatedly, they have to leave these jobs that employers can no longer afford to just keep holding for them. so they wind up losing the jobs. >> and that impacts the whole family, and that affects directly the people that we serve at facets. it's not only the veterans we're working with. it's the veterans' families who might have a loss of income, and then mom or dad needs that support. so they might be coming to a food pantry more, or they might need more housing or different types of housing that's more affordable because they've lost that amount of income. so we really are serving at all levels, not just the individual, but the family who could be affected by having a veteran who's deployed once again. >> what about the job training and retraining and the job
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search? how much help are you able to give them? >> like i said before, i think the one thing that facets really does effectively is provide that safe place for veterans to get connected to services. we had an example of a veteran who was staying in our hypothermia shelter. he was using the gi bill to go back to school, but he no place to live. so we were very instrumental in finding him a place to live so he could have a place where he could study, where he could complete his academics. and now he's working in the home. so we're there to provide the other support so then they can work on things like job skills and development. but we do have tons of volunteers who help with resume, coaching, and job counseling to help them get back on their feet as well. >> how have the base realignment plans affected those that are coming to you or those that you're seeing in northern virginia? because there's a big controversy over what to do with all of these families as they move into communities where they don't have the same kind of
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transportation and support that they had before the bases were realigned. there's a center for example being constructed in alexandria that would dump 6,500 new families into the seminary road area. of course, there are many in northern virginia who are very concerned about those plans. congressman jim moran has put that plan on hold for the time being, but all of that, all those families are going to bring additional traffic. >> yeah, and i think our biggest concern is just that the families have the support that they need, that they have the housing that they need, the affordable housing they need so they can live in this community, that they have access to different services, and that they're not affected by being placed here and not knowing where to go for help. that's our biggest concern at facets and other nonprofits who are working with people who might be in that situation. >> okay. we'll continue our discussion about veterans in our communities when we come back. ♪
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good morning, everyone. i'm kimberly suiters. in the news today, two deadly shootings in prince george's county and no arrest in either. first happened in suitland. a man was shot in the 6700 block of oth road. he died at the hospital. there's no word on mostive behind the shooting. it's also unclear why a man was shot to death in riverdale. he was found near a gas station in the 6600 block of riverdale road thachlt man died at the hospital. police have not released either shooting victim's identity. motorcycles will rumble through district streets today to honor military men and women. rolling thunder will hold its annual memorial day weekend rally. they'll leave the pentagon at noon and arrive at the lincoln memorial around 12:30. virginia congressman j. randy forbes will lead that ride. right now we'll send you back to "viewpoint."
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welcome back. we're talking about veterans as we celebrate this memorial day. there's been a 20% increase in disability claims by veterans over the last few years. tell us how your organization is helping veterans access compensation. amanda? >> we are definitely communicating with the veterans services. that is our number one channel. we make sure, as soon as we identify veterans, they're connected with those services because we're seeing a huge increase in veterans that have severe medical issues, severe mental health issues. the sooner we can get connected with the services they need, then we know they're on the right track. >> what exactly are you seeing? because we know that walter reed army medical center and other facilities around the country are being flooded with veterans who have come back from iraq and afghanistan with more severe injuries than we've seen. in larger numbers than we've
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seen after previous conflicts. and they require care for a long time and a lot more support. >> absolutely. that's exactly what we're seeing. they're seeing veterans who have more intense medical needs that require a lot of different specialists and doctors. so a lot of times we'll help in coordinating services so they can get to those doctors, providing that transportation, providing someone to sit with them when they go, whether it's volunteer veterans from our community, people who are veterans who volunteer with our faith community, our business communities. so even the friendly person to go with them during the doctor's appointments is a huge help in making them feel secure and they're ready to face some of the challenges. >> jim, what are you seeing? >> same thing. as amanda said, the injuries we're seeing today are more severe than before in the sense that medical technology has improved so much that wounded men and women who vo wo have
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died in previous wars have been saved. that means they're intensely disabled in many cases and require long-term care. we get people in walter reed through there for years in rehab. and so the problems they face are more severe in that sense than they were in previous wars. as i said, they would have expired in previous wars. we don't do a lot of work in that area. we do some, and mainly what we do is organize events outside walter reed, whether it's taking severely injured patients to ball games or to friday night dinners, that kind of thing, just getting them out of the hospital. we find it's a huge plus for them because they're there, in many cases, for so long. the rehab is painful and tedious and just getting them out for a night is very much appreciated by them. >> do you think there is enough being done for veterans? >> i think there's a lot being done for them.
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i think more than ever before by a huge factor. you talked to vietnam veterans at walter reed, they were just kind of abandoned. now you have a lot of groups. they're working with them and with their families and fisher house, where the families can stay there full-time while their sons or daughters or whatever are being rehabbed. yeah, i think a lot's being done for them. not to say there couldn't be more, but a lot's being done for them >> amanda? >> i think one of the things is getting connected to all those services. like anyone facing challenges. it's challenging to navigate all the different services that you could benefit from. so that's where facets is really trying to be a player in all this. help them say these are the different options for you and these are the different people that can help you. so there's a wealth of information out there, but it can be difficult, especially if you're facing some mental and physical challenges. >> do you have veterans come to your organization who aren't from or who don't live in northern virginia, who need help? and can you help them or can you refer them? >> we do a lot of referrals at
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facets. we always will answer a phone call and talk to people who come to our office and make sure they get to the right organization. if we can't help them, we will find someone who will help them. we have a lot of people that are homeless because of many different circumstances. they might have moved to different places and end up in fairfax county. we're there for them. facets is there for them. >> are the homeless in fairfax as visible as they are in some american cities like new york? >> i don't think so. i think people are often surprised that one of the wealthiest areas in this country has close to 2,000 people who are homeless. now, we've seen a decrease in the amount of people who are homeless, but we are working with our partners to prevent and end homeless in fairfax county. it's a difficult road when we have the lack of affordable housing. it's a huge barrier to many of our individuals and our families that we see. >> all right. we're going to take a break. we'll continue our discussion about veterans, and we're going
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to talk about the memorial day celebrations planned for tomorrow and the branch of the military that'
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welcome back. tomorrow the nation will say thanks and celebrate the veterans of all wars and all conflicts that american servicemen and women have been involved in. june, you have a big, big role in feeding them tomorrow and celebrating them. tell us about the parade, about the activities on the mall. the national memorial day parade is a parade we revised six years ago and never revived. nobody knows why. in 2004, we did what we thought was going to be a one shot parade salute to world war ii veterans when the world war ii memorial was dedicated.
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the grand marshal was mayor williams, whose father had been a world war ii veteran. they said, why don't we have a memorial day parade? why don't you look into it? and we've been doing it every year since then. it gets bigger every year. last year, 300,000, 350,000, something like that showed up. constitution avenue from 7th to 17th street is just jammed. we do a historical timeline, starting with the native americans, american revolution, george and martha washington and drum corps. we go to andy jackson and the war of 1812. we do abraham lincoln and the civil war. we do the buffalo soldiers and come township tup to teddy roos the rough riders. we're hoping to have the veteran of world war i. he's 109 years old. then we get to world war ii.
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huge section this year. world war ii will be the focus of the parade this year. and korea, vietnam, and end up the parade saluting active duty military. they get a huge reception when they march by. >> every year you focus on one branch. >> that's right. we sing about one branch for special honors. this year is sort of the marine corps year. general peter pace is the grand marshal. gary sinise are the honorary grand marshals. and the marine corps band, marine corps heritage float, a lot of special marine corps elements in the parade. >> what time does the parade start? >> it starts at 2:00 on monday, 2:00 to 4:00 on constitution avenue. get there early. we have a pre-parade program, starts at 1:00, 1:00 to 2:00 with musicians and medal of honor recipients leading.
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it's just a great day. great way to spend memorial day. >> and a wonderful way to honor veterans. >> exactly. >> time to get back home for your cookout. >> or, you know, just cookout on the mall. amanda, before we go, i want to ask you, for those who are watching, if veterans are having trouble accessing services or need to know where to go. where do you go? >> i think you start with community organizations like facets. we definitely welcome veterans to come to us and tell us how to navigate the system and come help us. we can help you get to the services you need. there's many different organizations. you can visit our websites at facetscare.org. and we have many managers who work with individuals every single day. >> and you can go to the v.a. >> absolutely. you can go to the v.a. and ask. if you need a friend to help you
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do that, that's where facets and other organizations come into play. >> jim, your final thoughts. you're a veteran, you mentioned earlier. as we celebrate this memorial day and as you reflect on where the country is now and the role that veterans are having to play in conflicts all over >> well, as i said, i think working with these young vets from iraq and afghanistan, i just think they're a tremendous group of young people. the cream of our society, in my opinion. they have a lot that they can share with their contemporaries. that's where we try to get them out in the schools. they're not much older than the high school and college students than they're talking to. and the values they represent are so important to instill in our young people. that's where i come down on the whole veteran thing is veteran's values. >> my dad is a vet of world war ii. he's very, very patriotic. he feels that he should be teaching younger vets something.
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do you agree with that? passing that down? >> i absolutely agree with that. that's what we're trying to do more of is get these veterans into schools and talk to young people and talk about their experiences because they have a big potential impact. >> you're dog a great job. thank you so much for joining us this morning. jim roberts, president of the american veterans center, and amanda indiri, executive director of facets in northern virginia. thank you both. >> thank you. >> and happy memorial day to you. and thank you for being with us this morning. that's "viewpoint." stay with us. "news 4 today" continues. a teenager reported as kidnapped is alive and well. this dramatic video shows the girl trying to get away.
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it triggered an amber alert. the family says it was all a misunderstanding. thousands of gallons of oil continue to leak from a well in the gulf. bp finally concedes its top kill operation failed. we'll honor heroes on the memorial day weekend. we'll show you what area you may want to avoid for the rolling thunder. you may also want to go see the rolling thunder. it's a pretty impressive sight. welcome to "news 4 today." i'm kimberly suiters >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. news is just ahead. first the forecast. kimberly martucci is here. if you're going to honor the rolling thunder, it's a great day to do it. >> i saw those guys on the i-95 yesterday. really impressive. things are looking up. it's 7:31. temperatures into the 70s now. a warm day in the works. southwest winds will help do the trick there. sat litd, radar picture shows we
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don't have any clouds, nor do we have any showers lingering or even threatening us today. so we're in good shape. the numbers out there reflect the wide range, 61, for example, in culpepper. but we are at 70 from annapolis to d.c. up to frederick, and leonardtown, you're the warm spot with 72. down at st. mary's today, high 86. reaching from 88 to upper marlboro to hear. the warm spots, warrenton and frederick, maryland, 89. we'll talk about the beach forecast and how things are looking as we head into memorial day when i see you guys in just a few minutes. >> thanks a lot, kim. a girl taken by force from a target in fredericksburg has been found. it turns out she was with her family the entire time. police found her early this morning in ft. lauderdale, florida. surveillance video from the target parking lot shows the family taking her against her will. you'll see here in a second. authorities say the family was moving to florida and then stopped in virginia.
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the teen told police she did not want to move. so family members had to force her back into the van while she kicked and screamed. the stafford county sheriff's office is investigating. prosecutors will meet to decide whether to file charges. right now police are trying to track down a sexual predator who attacked a teenage girl. he followed her as she left a metro station in prince george's county. police hope the victim's description will help lead to her attacker. news 4's darcy spencer has the story. >> reporter: police say a 15-year-old girl was sexually assaulted about 6:30 friday night along a foot path near the greenbelt metro station. they say the teenager was leaving the station when a man attempted to talk to her, then followed her as she walked from the station toward the foot path leading to a neighborhood. owazu uses the path often and found the attack alarming. do you consider it to be dangerous? >> if you're alone, yes. if you're with a bunch of people -- every time i'm on this
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path, i try to be with people. don't want to be by myself. i'm a little shocked at 6:30 that it did happen. i'm very worried, being that it happened to somebody that young. >> reporter: the foot path is on the back side of the metro station f you're coming from inside the station, you walk through a tunnel to get there. the path connects to a neighborhood and a community park. there are surveillance cameras inside the tunnel facing both ways. it's unclear whether the cameras may have picked up the attacker or if he ever entered the station. riders say more security is needed on and around metro property. >> yes, i think that it's dangerous, like things keep happening between -- like i said, between here and college park. there's a lot of students around. i think they should be more secure. >> it's not secure at all, and even after the incident, no one here. so i think something should be done. >> reporter: darcy spencer, "news 4 today."
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>> the teenager described her attacker as a heavy set male in his 30s, hispanic with with a dark red complexion and a snake tattoo on his arm. police say 29-year-old manuel sanchez was working in the 4600 block of hillside road on friday when he was shot. they're still looking for his killer. this is the second shooting in the same area in a week. last week two contractors were painting when someone opened fire on them. one of the contractors was critically injured. police don't believe the crimes are related, but they do say both shooting victims were targeted for robbery. thousands of protestors turned out in phoenix yesterday to protest the new immigration law. it has been the focus of great controversy since it was signed in late april. while it won't take effect until late july, washington is pressing the state to reverse course now. nbc's brian mooar has the story. >> reporter: in phoenix, tens of
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thousands of demonstrator frss around the nation united to fight arizona's tough new immigration law. marchers covered several city blocks, hoisting signs and raising fears that hispanics, legal or not, will be targeted. >> it's not fair that people have to live in a state and feel afraid of the police, afraid of their local government. >> this law violates our fundamental principles of human dignity and human rights. >> reporter: among the faces in the crowd, a student living in this country illegally. >> i cannot go back to where i was born. i don't know anything from there. i need to be here. this is my country, and i love it so much. >> reporter: while public opinion polls have shown broad support for the law, these gun-toting counterprotestors found themselves in the minority. >> being a nazi is un-american, you know that? >> tell that to the person down there with the mexican flag. >> reporter: the march comes a day after the u.s. justice department threatened to sue arizona over the law.
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>> i told them we need solution frs washington, not more lawsuits. >> reporter: the state's attorney-general insists the law is constitutional and that he'll fight back. it's a fight virtually everyone believes will be settled here in washington, likely at the supreme court. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> another try, another failure. a live look at that massive oil leak in the gulf. it's still gushing untold gallons of oil. bp admits its top kill experiment was a bust. now the oil company's turning to another plan b, but success is certainly not guaranteed. nbc's jay gray reports from venice, louisiana. >> reporter: after 41 days, there's only one thing that seems clear in the gulf right now. >> we have been unable to overcome the flow from the well. >> reporter: after determining the top kill was not working late yesterday, this morning crews are now working on the next option to try to get some kind of control of the leak. >> and this operation should be
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able to capture most of the oil. >> reporter: but it will not seal the well. >> it's just put this terrible, sad, disheartening pall on everyone's existence here. >> reporter: at the bell chase seafood festival, there's a growing fear that their way of life, along with the shrimp, fish, and oysters, is slipping away. >> we're just absolutely heart sick about the environment. >> reporter: an environment under attack by thick, dark crude, a community desperate but unable to fight back. >> it's almost like we're sitting on our hands but not because of lack of volition but just because we don't know what we can do. >> reporter: it's looking more and more now like no one is sure what to do to stop the oil as the largest environmental disaster in u.s. history continues to grow. jay gray, nbc news, venice, louisiana. there is still rising concern about the effect that spill will have on the seafood
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industry, both in the gulf region and here locally. merchants and customers along the southwest waterfront this weekend were wondering how the disaster will affect products and prices. but row after row of fish, crab, shrimp, and oysters, even the louisiana specialty crawfish, proved that there is no immediate cause for concern. locally, we're enjoying a good harvest from the chesapeake bay. one local merchant worries about the impact the oil spill will have on his business later this year. >> my main concern with the crabs will be in the wen tirtime, because that's where i get them from november until the end of march. that's quite a long time. i don't know what i'm going to do at that time. >> we're shrimp people and shellfish. right now, we're doing all right. >> the hope is that both sellers and buyers of fresh seafood will continue to do all right as everyone keeps an uneasy watch on the cleanup in the gulf. today thousands of people will honor military men and
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women who have lost their lives defending their country. motorcycles will rumble through district streets. rolling thunder will hold its annual memorial day weekend rally. bikers have already flood eed t the region to honor those who served in the war and missing in action. today thil arrive at the lincoln memorial around 12:30. virginia congressman randy forbes will lead the ride and speak at a special ceremony at the lincoln memorial. last night hundreds of people got to sit in on the dress rehearsal for the national memorial day concert. ♪ as high as a flag on the fourth of july ♪ >> the annual event honors american veterans and current members of the u.s. armed forces. this year's concert features actors joe montegna and gary sinise as well as the national symphony arc extra. it will be broadcast live
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tonight at 8:00. it is warming up quickly outside. >> are you heading out on the boat for memorial day? we have an important safety reminder, plus a new change for maryland boaters. and the nba
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the "today" show is next on nbc 4. lester holt joins us live with a
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preview. >> good morning. coming up on "today," another serious setback in the effort to stop the flow of oil gushing into the gulf. on saturday bp said the top kill technique has failed. we'll get the latest on the spill from high above the disaster and tell you what they plan to do now. it's been five years since high schooler natalee holloway vanished on a trip to aruba. her disappearance dominated the headlines for months and remains unsolved. we'll talk with her mother on this somber anniversary. then one week after sarah ferguson was caught on tape selling access to her husband prince andrew, the duchess is back in the uk to face the music and oprah. we'll find out why she's opening up to the queen of day time. and meet the 11-year-old award-winning movie critic who is feared by many in hollywood. back to you in washington. >> looks pretty intense. must know what he's talking about there. >> wonder if he can even go to a pg-13 film. >> that's a good point, lester. today a home grown rap star will be performing at the black
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pride festival here in d.c. he apparently changed his mind after abruptly canceling his appearance. critics say he cancelled because it was a guy pride event. on twitter, they said he didn't even know the event was on his schedule or that his appearance had been cancelled. he now says he'll attend, writing, i'm not scared, nor do i have hatred for anybody. a reminder to metro riders. you can expect delays on the orange line for the rest of the holiday weekend. there's no service between east falls church and west falls church stations today or tomorrow. the service disruption is related to the dulles metro rail project. you can see it in action along i-66. metro will be running free shuttle buses between the two stations, but you should still add an extra 30 minutes to 40 minutes to your trip. the disruption on the orange line will continue for two more weekends after this one. 7:45 now. if you don't mind a little sweat, why not walk this weekend? if you can avoid the metro, how
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about just walk it >> >> yeah, walk the five miles into d.c. or bike or whatever. if you're a city dweller, you might be used to that sort of thing. we have some haze outside, guys. it is 7:45. grab your coffee. i've got your forecast details ready to go right through your holiday weekend forecast. all coming up next. >> or jog if you're into
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hey, if you're planning to spend the holiday weekend on the water, be aware of a new life jacket law in maryland. children under 13 are now required to wear a life jacket when they're on a boat under 21 feet in length. officials will be on the water reminding people of that law this weekend. governor o'malley signed that measure back in april. and there will be controls targeting boaters who are
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reckless or under the influence of alcohol. >> nothing like being on the water with the sun shining and the breeze. >> absolutely gorgeous. >> speak of water temperatures, i was just checking the buoy observation network. the water temperature is 69, almost 70 degrees. getting warmer there. that's going to warm up faster than the atlantic, which is around 69 degrees if you're going for a dip today. so great for to have you along this sunday morning. it's ten of 8:00. we've got the forecast ready to go. i've been looking at the weather trends for the holiday weekend, and they're all quite warm. we'll start with today's forecasted high, 88 degrees. tomorrow we'll kick it up a notch or two around 92. this is summer-like heat we're talking about. this is going to rival the memorial day weekend of 2005, which was the hottest one we've had in the last five years. the temps outside climbing to around 70. wind is southwest at 5, and we finally have some sunshine back
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and no raindrops. looking around to our neighbors, la plata, good morning, 65. southern maryland, beautiful, 72. st. mary's. 70 in winchester. martinsburg, 62. sterling, 67. culpepper now up to 61. 88 is your goal at 3:00. that's going to be the high. sunset is 8:26. we'll introduce a couple of clouds popping up by 6:00. i don't think we'll have much in the way of raindrops. how about that beach weather forecast? today around 85 degrees at ocean city. mostly sunny. the water temperature, as i mentioned, is around 65 degrees. and tomorrow we're looking good. a little warmer too. 88 for the high in the afternoon. away from the water here in d.c., we're going to be working on highs tomorrow around 92 degrees and the humidity. you're going to notice an increase. we've now tapped into some gulf of mexico moisture in the mid and upper levels of the
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atmosphere. that's going to be bringing up higher dewpoints, more moisture in the air. eventually, all of that moisture is going to be scooped up in the form of a front that gets here by tuesday. until then, we'll be in the warm and humid air mass without any mechanisms in the atmosphere to lift it and cause the storm. that's some good news. we will be keeping an eye. here's your time line thchlt . this is monday morning around 6:00 in the morning. looking good. this front tries to back in but doesn't get here. later on monday, particularly off to the west in the mountains, we have more moisture in place. just with the up flow, we'll try to crack a thunderstorm or two. we'll see if any try to move in late monday. we'll see if the majority of the rain is going to hold off until tuesday in our neck of the woods. a good one today, mostly sunny, hot, 86 to 89. this evening temperatures will stay warm between 78 and 84. you'll notice the humidity. by tomorrow morning, 71 to 68 for your temps. we could have a little bit of patchy fog. as you look ahead to the memorial day day forecast,
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partly sunny, hot and humid. that late day storm would be far to the west and possibly propagating to the east. all you're going to remember about tomorrow is 92. > all right. here's that extended forecast. best chance for getting wet in the next four days at least is tuesday. that's our 60% chance of showers and storms. we'll get a breather in here on wednesday and most of thursday as well. thursday late and heading into friday is when we have a chance for more storms. after that, we'll have highs in the 70s as we look ahead into next weekend. >> really steamy for the rest of the weekend. >> yes, ma'am. >> thanks, kim. steven straussburg does something unexpected, and the nba final,set. >> here's dan hellie with this morning's sports. good morning, everybody. we'll start with baseball. nats put out a new pitcher. j.d. martin starting his first game of the season. he didn't do half bad. going six innings, giving up one run. martin didn't get much help.
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you know how they do it out in san diego? they bring the sand to you. got to like that. bottom of the first, nick huntley takes martin's hanging curve and just crushes it. that's what happens when you throw a 72 mile an hour curveball right in someone's wheelhouse. a three-run shot. david kennedy up the middle. david eckstein can't get to it. adam dunn lumbers home and the nationals get on the board. fast forward to the fourth. chris denorfia hits the chopper over to third. nice tag by dunn, but another run scores. the nationals lose 4-2 out in san diego. steven straussburg still expected to be called up to the bigs in less than two weeks. last night the nationals ace of the future actually proved to be human, giving up his first home run of the season and taking the loss. straussburg, syracuse chiefs taking on the scranton/wilkes-barre yankees. this guy says so much for concealing my identity.
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too darn hot. straussburg not hot. rene rivera gets good wood on er-hour fastball for the first time in 48 innings this season, straussburg serves up a home run. the outfielders must have been like what's going on here? that's not suppfourth inning, s facing eduardo nunez, and the rook showing some hop. how about that for defensive skills? grabs the bouncer, gets the out. few batters later, straussburg gets chad huffman looking. five innings, six hits, three earned runs, and strikes out six. he also takes his second loss of the season as syracuse loses 3-2. history for roy halladay down in florida. phillies' ace facing hanley ramirez, gets him looking to end the seventh. halladay baffled the marlins all night long. he strikes out 11, doesn't give up a run, a hit, or a walk. folks, that's called a perfect game. the final out coming right lehe. halladay tosses to second.
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perfect game of the season and just the 20th in baseball history as the phillies beat the marlins 1-0. talking hoops now. suns and lakers in game six of the western conference final. a win, and the lakers are headed to the nba finals against the celtics, just like the good old days. a loss, and we're going to game seven. let's go to phoenix. not a whole lot of lakers fans in the house for this one. we start in the corner. farmar misses this one. no fear, lamar odom is here. a cutting to ron artest. a little unorthodox, but it works. lakers up 85-67 in the third. later, steve nash driving and dish to go amare stoudemire. he throws it down. lakers up by 11. sto stoudemire played well. he had 27. grant hill all over kobe. kobe says taste this, g. hill. nothing you can do about that. kobe being kobe. lakers win 111-1 03.
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they advance to the nba finals and take on the boston celtics. to hockey now. the only solid for caps fans and seeing philadelphia in the stanley cup finals is it's not pittsburgh. game one for lord stanley's cup, and a drought is sure to win. philadelphia hasn't won a cup in 35 years. the hawks haven't won in 49 years. game tied at 5. blackhawks in red keeping to the zone. dave bow llen along the board f kris versteeg. handles the puck and finds a sliver of daylight to beat brian boucher. that's your game winner. hawks lead 1-0 after that 6-5 win. an upset and maybe an upset stomach highlighted yesterday's french open. andy roddick ousted in the fourth round. serena williams fights off a cold and dizzy spells to advance. roddick played on a court he
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called his least favorite in the world, and it showed. the russian ranked 116th in the world on near court on match point. roddick said the russian got best of him on about 70% of the points. check out the end here. roddick was just out of gas. now he's out of the open, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. on the women's side, serena felt ill but well enough to take care of her russian competitor serving in the far court. this is over. she advances 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 fighting what she says was a cold. d.c. united wins for the second time this season, and they do it on a penalty shot. they got a boost from 17-year-old andy nahar. randy wallacwallace, a pass to . the header into the goal. fast forward to the end and
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stoppage play. this is a substitute goalie, dario delgado. he's not really a goalie at all, but he to play because the other one got tossed. d.c. united hangs on to win 3-2. finally, back to baseball for a minute. one of the strangest endings to a game you will ever see. angels hosting the mariners. based loaded for morales, and he takes the bases. grand slam home run. nothing like the celebration at home plate. morales is on the ground. nobody catches him. he lands awkwardly on his leg. had to be carried off on a stretcher. he has a broken leg, probably done for the year. angels win 5-1, but they lose one of their best players. that's your morning sports. i'm dan hellie. everybody have a great weekend. >> you never think about that. you're celebrating. you figure guys are going to be there. >> celebration in a big way. >> stick with the high fives, right? how about we high five my weather forecast?
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>> we can do thacht. looking good. 76 at 9:00. partly cloudy and 87 at 6:00. i wouldn't worry about any rain. >> thank you, kim. that is it for "news 4 today." we'll be back in 25 minutes with a local news update. join us again at 9:00 for a full hour of news. until then, have a great day.

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